Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Yvonne Hindes
  • Mike R. Schoenberg
  • Donald H. Saklofske
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1061



The term “intelligence” has been generally operationalized as a construct reflecting individual differences in cognitive abilities underlying various skills and behaviors such as educational and occupational success. However, the definition of “intelligence” and the abilities, aptitudes, and behaviors this construct includes has been a source of debate over the course of human history.

Many definitions of intelligence have emerged over the years. For example, Binet (Binet & Simon, 1905) defined intelligence in terms of judgment, practical sense, initiative, and adaptability; whereas Wechsler (1958) later defined it as “the aggregate or global capacity of the individual to act purposefully, to think rationally, and to deal effectively with his/her environment” (p. 7). Moreover, intelligence was viewed by Wechsler as a composite of different abilities...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne Hindes
    • 1
  • Mike R. Schoenberg
    • 2
  • Donald H. Saklofske
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Applied PsychologyFaculty of Education, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of South Florida College of MedicineTampaUSA